Healthy Living Series: Free Screening of "Town of Runners"

(Rochester, NY) September 11, 2013 – As part of its MVP Health Care Healthy Living Series, the Little Theatre is hosting a free screening of the moving documentary “Town of Runners” on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Runners from Bekoji, Ethiopia have won eight Olympic gold medals, broken ten world records and won 32 world championships. The film tells the story of two young girls, living in the rural town as they try to run their way to a different life.
Narrated by their friend Biruk, it follows their highs and lows over three years as they try to become professional athletes. Through their struggle, the film gives a unique insight into the ambitions of young Ethiopians living between tradition and the modern world.
After the screening, Elissa Orlando, WXXI Vice President of Televison and host of “Healthy Friday” will lead a talkback with local fitness experts, including Jeff Cogan, Senior Director of Healthy Living at the YMCA of Greater Rochester, Eastside Family YMCA and Molly Bailey, executive director of Girls on the Run, Greater Rochester chapter.
The screening is perfectly timed with the MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon, which starts on the Andrews Street bridge Sunday, September 22, and winds its way through the city.
“Town of Runners,” and the talkback that follows, will show viewers that with a healthy lifestyle and unbreakable will, “possible” means a lot more than they think.
This screening and talkback are sponsored by MVP Health Care.
About the Little Theatre Film Society:
The Little Theatre opened in 1929 and established not-for-profit status in 1998. The non-profit screens more than 100 American independent and foreign films for the greater Rochester community each year. It also hosts a varied slate of art shows, film festivals, series and music throughout the year. The Little provides filmmakers, local musicians and fine artists a professional space to share their visions with a diverse audience and discuss their work through educational talkbacks. WXXI Public Broadcasting's long-term affiliation with Little Theatre helps enhance the cultural life of the community and strengthens two of Rochester's most vital arts institutions.